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An Update On The Restoration Of Power Supply

An Update On The Restoration Of Power Supply
March 02
09:53 2016

As an impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston, the damage to the nation was extreme with the loss of lives, infrastructure, housing and sustainability.

The Fiji Electricity Authority power infrastructure has also sustained extensive damage.

These damage include and is not limited to our electricity generation assets, transmission tower and lines, sub-transmission poles and lines and the entire power distribution network around the country.

The FEA teams are working on multiple areas simultaneously – transmission, sub-transmission and distribution lines in order to restore power supply.

There are three transmission towers that have fallen during the aftermath of TC Winston.

There is a fallen tower on the Wailoa to Vuda transmission line which has cut off supply of electricity from the Wailoa Power Station to the Western Division.

This means that there is limited diesel power generation capacity available to provide to our valued customers in the Western Division.

 

Sigatoka

We are currently supplying to most of the Sigatoka District from our diesel generation plants in Sigatoka. We have reached the maximum capacity of these generations’ sets.

FEA wishes to thank all our valued customers in Sigatoka who had assisted by operating their own standby generator sets independently to cater for their power requirements and request them to continue until we are able to fully restore power supply to the Western Division.

 

Nadi and Lautoka

We are currently supplying to most of the areas in Nadi and Lautoka from the diesel generation sets in Nadi, Qeleloa and Vuda Power Stations.

We have been able to repair the distribution line and restore power supply to most parts of Nadi and Lautoka.

With limited generation capacity in these areas, we have had to resort to load shedding.

We would also like to thank all our valued customers in the Nadi to Lautoka corridor who are assisting by operating their own standby generator sets independently.

This is to cater for their power requirements and request them to continue until we are able to fully restore power supply to the Western Division.

Our load shedding programme for today in Nadi and Lautoka is attached.

 

Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki

The Vuda to Rarawai 33kV sub-transmission line has sustained extensive damages to the power line which transports power from Vuda towards Ba, Tavua & Rakiraki.

Upon full site inspection, seven out of the two hundred and ninety six poles are completely down whilst many others are leaning and need to be straightened.

Our teams are carrying out repair works on this power linewith contractors.

We also have some diesel generators in Rakiraki and once the distribution lines are repaired we should be able to supply power to the Hospital and Rairaki Town.

 

Central Division

Power Supply restoration is on-going since Sunday, February 21. We have energised close to 80 per cent of the areas in the Central Division and restoration continues in the other areas.

Customers in the Central Division have been experiencing power supply interruptions and outages and we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience.

 

Northern Division

Labasa

Power supply has been fully restored in the Labasa, Seaqaqa and Dreketi areas. Our teams from Labasa have now been deployed to Savusavu to assist with power restoration.

 

Eastern Division

The Levuka Power Station had sustained damages to its roof and the gensets. We have been able to temporary repair the roof and the Power Station is operational after the gensets have been repaired.

The Levuka Distribution network has suffered extensive damages with at least 80 per cent of the POWER poles and lines requiring attention. The FEA team in Levuka, together with contractors are currently carrying out repairs to the distribution lines and once repaired, we will energise the lines.

In the meantime, FEA wishes to thank all our valued customers around Fiji who are assisting by operating their own stand-by generator sets independently to cater for their power requirements and request them to continue until we are able to fully restore power supply.

Customers may experience power supply interruptions and we would recommend that you economize your consumption and take necessary precaution with plant or equipment that are sensitive to power fluctuations. FEA will endeavor to keep the power interruptions to a minimum.

The FEA sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused to all our valued customers which is beyond our control. Message from Hasmukh Patel, chief executive officer.

 

 

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